Gregynog Hall

Gregynog Hall

16 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that full details of the guest professor seminars are now available through the link to the right. 

There is an exciting choice of topics. Each seminar comprises two (Stream A) or three (Stream B and C) one-and-a-half hour sessions. The seminars run in three steams and participants choose one seminar from each stream:

Stream A:

Affirmative Ontologies (Erzsebet Strausz)

Dismantling the World: race, resistance, psychoanalysis (Andreja Zevnik)

Stream B:
The End of the International: spectres, ruins, nostalgia (Tom Lundborg)

Sovereignties: both Schmitt and Hayek (R. B. J. Walker)

Personhood and Politics (Jenny Edkins)

Stream C:
Catastriphic, Sublime, and Ludic Events (Michael J Shapiro)

Poetics and Political Inquiry (Andrew Davison)

 Amateur Diplomatic Fragments and Letters (Sam Okoth Opondo)

In addition to these seminars, we have a plenary seminar  - a completely new activity on this year’s schedule – led by Martin Coward. Martin will explore questions surrounding visual geopolitics. Then there are three plenary workshops. The first, led by Himadeep Muppidi, entitled ‘Worlding the postcolonial’, follows on from the wonderful storytelling workshop he led for the past couple of years. The second is another continuation of a very successful venture from last year —a pedagogy and research practice workshop led by Phil Gaydon, Erzsebet Strausz and Yvonne Rinkart. This workshop takes place over two plenary sessions in the Music Room on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evening and finally a career development workshop let by Andrew Russell and Andreja Zevnik on Friday afternoon.

Other activities include research surgeries with guest professors, sessions organised by participants, roundtables, a barbecue, and hopefully a yoga session to counterbalance all that thinking. There will be free time too, to enjoy walks and conversation in the beautiful surroundings at Gregynog.

Any queries, contact us on
Looking forward to seeing you in July!

Andreja and Erzsebet.

19 April 2017

Gregynog Ideas Lab VI Summer School
(10-15 July 2017, Newtown, Mid Wales, UK)


** Join seminars, classes and individual discussion sessions with our 2017 Guest Professors:
Andrew Davison (Vassar), Jenny Edkins (Aberystwyth), Tom Lundborg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs), Himadeep Muppidi (Vassar), Sam Okoth Opondo (Vassar), Michael J Shapiro (Hawaii), Erzsebet Strausz (Warwick), Rob Walker (Victoria) and Andreja Zevnik (Manchester).

** NEW Take part in an interactive discussion on critical and visual geopolitics with our NEW Visiting Professor
Martin Coward (University of Manchester)

** NEW Participate in a critical pedagogy session with Phil Gaydon (Warwick IATL) and Erzsebet Strausz

** NEW Learn more about peer-review and publishing your work with Routledge. 

** Explore the poetics of politics in narrative politics/story-telling sessions.

** Share your research and receive feedback on ongoing projects and ideas of any stage at participant workshops.

** NEW Relax in the lovely green environment of Gregynog Hall and in professionally led yoga sessions.

The Gregynog Ideas Lab VI Summer School is taking place between 10-15 July 2017 in Newtown, Wales, UK. Set up in 2012, the Gregynog Ideas Lab is a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics working in international politics from a range of critical, postcolonial, feminist, post-structural and psychoanalytic traditions to re-examine their own work and meet new people in an open space for thinking and generating new ideas. It offers guest professor seminars, round table discussions, methodology workshops, artist talks and one-to-one tutorials with guest professors. For more information, please see the documents attached.

To book your place go to:

For more information about the Ideas Lab, visit our blog at , join our Facebook group at  or email the organisers, Andreja Zevnik and Erzsebet Strausz on

If you would like to hear more about what it is like to attend the summer school from a participant’s point of view, please feel free to email Muriel at, who would be happy to share her experience.